THE ANCIENT MUD CITY OF YAZD

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran, with windcatchers

Yazd is a city of half a million people located in central Iran. It has a unique mud built architecture and is oftentimes called ‘the city of windcatchers’ due to the proliferation of devices which direct cool air into the interiors of the buildings they serve. Since 2017 Yazd has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Street scene with mud buildings, Yazd, central Iran

Professor Ali Ansari

Professor Ali Ansari

I was fortunate to be invited to Yazd to experience its architecture and to teach my Living Architecture & Sheltermaking principles to architectural students there. My host, Professor Ali Ansari of Azad Islamic University Of Yazd, is keen to access contemporary thinking regarding how best to conserve Yazd’s unique built heritage while sensitively bringing these building back into use.

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran with windcatcher

Windcatcher, Yazd, central Iran with

Professor Ansari and I are in the process of setting up a Cultural Exchange Programme with a view to sharing our experiences of mud building. An exploratory trip to Yazd for those interested in participating is being planned for mid-October 2019.

Expressions of interest can be communicated to me using this Contact Form – put the word Yazd in the subject line please.

Street scene with cyclist and mud buildings, Yazd, central Iran

Street scene with cyclist and mud buildings, Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran